Sen. Walsh speaks about public land protection measures


BOZEMAN, Mont. - In Bozeman on Saturday, Sen. John Walsh talked up his support for keeping public lands public. He met with local business owners and conservationists at Wild Joe's coffee. In his speech, he pledged to oppose all measures to sell public lands to private owners, to support and fight for the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, and to back a fully funded land and water conservation fund. "I have a grand daughter who's one year old, I've been fortunate to grow up here in Montana," Walsh said, "and the primary reason we invite people to Montana is to enjoy our clean air, clean water, and access to our public lands. So, making sure that we protect these areas is very important." Sen. Walsh also called on Congressman Steve Daines to do more to support and protect public lands. In response to his comments, Congressman Daines' communications director issued a statement. Here is an excerpt: "As a fifth-generation Montanan and lifelong sportsman, Steve Daines is a strong supporter of preserving and increasing Montanans' access to our public lands. Daines recently introduced the 'Making Public Lands Public Access Act,' which would improve Montanans' access to public lands for hunting, fishing and recreation. Daines also has announced strong support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and sponsored legislation to protect the North Fork of the Flathead River, which was recently passed by the House without opposition-the first time such legislation has been passed by either chamber of Congress."